Ocala Horse Shows and Horseback Riding
Marion County, Florida
Ocala Horse welcomes you to the equestrian paradise of Ocala, located in the rolling hills of Marion County, Florida. Here, many of the nations top horse breeders perfect their craft, producing thoroughbred race horses as well as virtually every other breed of horse. Ocala, Florida is also winter headquarters for the HITS show jumping winter series at Hits Post Time Farm.
Horse farms create stunning vistas of endless green grass accented by black horse fencing and majestic oak trees. Here, future racing thorobreds and horse show champions are born. A visit to a one of the many horse farms open to the public is a must.
Florida Horse Park, an attraction in itself, is the center of horse shows for North Central Florida. Skilled jumpers or disciplined dressage riders compete for ribbons almost every weekend.
Winter months bring professional riders to the famous Horse Shows in the Sun (HITS) circuit has been performing at Hits Post Time Farm in Ocala, Florida from mid January to mid March for over 30 years.
The HITS Ocala Winter Circuit offers grand prix show jumping classes in divisions for the beginner, novice and experienced rider. The circuit features 21 grand prix events worth over $1.5 million in prize money, which the Great American $1 Million Grand Prix to close out the circuit.
Hits Post Time Farm is located at 13710 US Highway 27 in Ocala, Florida. Spectators are welcome.
Rocking Horse Stables offers a full slate of Dressage Shows, Combined Training Schooling Shows, and Pony Club National Testing events. Located in Altoona, Florida which is close to Ocala, Tampa and Orlando. Rocking Horse
Canterbury Showplace is a beautiful Equestrian Center located in nearby Newberry, Florida and is open to horse-related events, horse eventing, and classic horse shows. Show schedule click here.
Staying in the Ocala area? Visit Hotels in Ocala for complete hotel, car rental and attraction reservations. Planing a trip to Orlando? Make reservations here.
Enjoy a leisurely horse carriage ride through horse country and enjoy the informative banter of your guide.
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Oct 23, 2014
7 Problems Only Tall Riders Will Understand
by Kristen Kovatch
With my boots on, I hover around the 5’11”-6′ mark. My chosen discipline is reined cowhorse, meaning that my mounts are generally no taller than 15 hands. Why couldn’t I have fallen for a discipline requiring a 17-hand warmblood? Because life is cruel. Welcome to my world.
It doesn’t matter if it’s 15.2 or 17.3 — prepare yourself for a lifetime of dwarfing impressively-heighted horses into looking like stunted ponies. When you finally find a horse that actually takes up your leg, your torso will still be too long and you’ll wind up looking like a junior on her first real horse. Sure, you might be the world’s best catch-rider but it won’t matter if you always look perpetually out of place.
Oct 21, 2014
5 Tips for Feeding Easy Keepers
By Heather Smith Thomas
To the person just dipping their toes into the sometimes complex and often expensive world of horse-keeping, having an “easy keeper” might sound like a dream. But the owner managing these equids that maintain or gain weight on minimal food rations knows there’s nothing easy about it. Preventing obesity and its serious side effects, such as founder (chronic rotation of the coffin bone within the foot due to failure of the laminae that support it), can become a nutrition nightmare as owners struggle to find ways to cut their horses’ calorie count while keeping the animals content.
Oct 20, 2014
How to Introduce Horses
By Nancy Diehl, VMD, MS
Introducing two horses is something a lot of horse owners don't relish, and adding a new horse to an established herd can really up anxiety. I don't know if there's any one best way, because not only do farm resources differ, but individual horse temperaments play a role, too.
This is not just an issue of domesticated horses. Feral horses have introductory events, too. We see posturing and sometimes fighting between harem and bachelor band stallions at meet-ups or challenges. Fillies usually leave their home band and join another, and antagonistic encounters with established members can occur until they settle into the hierarchy. More info...
Oct 15, 2014More Ocala Horse News
How Do Muzzles Impact Horses' Grass Selection and Intake?
By Kristen M. Janicki, MS, PAS
In theory, turning a horse out isn't rocket science: Bring horse to pasture, remove halter and lead rope, close gate behind you. But if you're turning an easy keeper out in a big grassy field that happens to be the only pasture you have access to, turnout can be much more complicated—and hazardous to the horse's health.
In situations like this, many owners employ grazing muzzles to help reduce their horse's pasture sugar intake, but how effective are these devices? And, considering that study results have shown that horses prefer certain grass species, do muzzles impact their forage selection? A University of Minnesota researcher recently set out to answer these questions. More info...
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